Who needs scientific research when the Reverend Jerry Falwell is available to weigh in on issues such as global climate change? The former televangelist recently gave a sermon in which he argued that global warming was a Satanic conspiracy of sorts:
LYNCHBURG, Va.â€”The Reverend Jerry Falwell says global warming is “Satan’s attempt to redirect the church’s primary focus” from evangelism to environmentalism.
Falwell told his Baptist congregation in Lynchburg yesterday that “the jury is still out” on whether humans are causing — or could stop — global warming.
But he said some “naive Christian leaders” are being “duped” by arguments like those presented in former Vice President Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Falwell says the documentary should have been titled “A Convenient Untruth.”
Falwell said the Bible teaches that God will maintain the Earth until Jesus returns, so Christians should be responsible environmentalists, but not what he calls … quote … “first-class nuts.” [link]
And the good Reverend apparently knows a thing or two about being “nuts.” Unfortunately for him, his views on climate change are not universally shared by his fellow evangelical leaders, several dozen of whom took an opposing stance just over a year ago, as reported by the New York Times:
Despite opposition from some of their colleagues, 86 evangelical Christian leaders have decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying “millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors.”
Among signers of the statement…are the presidents of 39 evangelical colleges, leaders of aid groups and churches, like the Salvation Army, and pastors of megachurches, including Rick Warren, author of the best seller “The Purpose-Driven Life.”
“For most of us, until recently this has not been treated as a pressing issue or major priority,” the statement said. “Indeed, many of us have required considerable convincing before becoming persuaded that climate change is a real problem and that it ought to matter to us as Christians. But now we have seen and heard enough.” [full text]